Friday Oct 03, 2008

Computerworld praises Sun Fire X4150 server's flexibility for data center buyers


In a second review of the Sun Fire X4150 Server, MC Brown discusses its "sweet spot" for current buyers.

MC traces how purchases evolved from small add-on servers, to massive server infrastructure, and now to efficient uses of hardware through consolidation. With this in mind, MC said, "Whether the X4150 hits the sweet spot depends on your point of view, but I'm finding it really hard not to justify a machine with this flexibility to anybody who wants a decent machine."

Regarding specific features, MC complimented the X4150 by saying, "At 1U high you could fit a lot of computing power into a cabinet. With two quad-core Xeons there's plenty of CPU power, and 64GB of RAM gives you plenty of memory to play with. The 8 SAS drives are also enough for you to have a system disk, and a 5 or 6 disk RAID configuration of your choice with one or two hot spares."

MC noted that with this "wealth of potential" in options, he tried several different configurations, but his favorite was using the X4150 as a consolidation box.

Overall, MC concluded that the X4150 provides a high level of flexibility, specifically noting, "flexibility like that in the modern datacenter is a must." Using the server's variety of options, "you can choose a variety of configurations to suit your needs, and if you decide to change your mind, you can do so without changing your hardware, just redeploy it."
Sun Fire X4150 Server

Tuesday Dec 05, 2006

Very positive X4600 (Galaxy 4) review in InfoWorld


Checkout Paul's lastest Sun Fire X4600 M2 review in InfoWorld !!!

Amply titled "Sun's new big iron bends the rules," the review showers praise in nearly all aspects of Sun Fire X4600 M2 server.  Paul goes over various features and concludes, "All these features lead me to the conclusion that this is one of the best-designed server chassis I’ve ever seen."

And it ran VMware  like a champ: "I’ve been running VMware Infrastructure 3 on it for a week in the lab not only problem-free, but the server barely breaks a sweat while running eight two-processor Windows and Linux VMs under normal load."

Paul ends the review with a very positive conclusion: "Overall, the Sun Fire x4600 is a superb server with an obvious focus on virtualization, HPC, and database applications. If the local RAID controller supported RAID5, and the local disk I/O had more headroom, this server would be nearly perfect."

The final bottomline was "... the x4600 is an extraordinarily well-engineered server."

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